I've only experienced a similar situation one time, and I will say it was no fun. Different circumstances though - as my wife woke me at 2:00 AM saying that she heard a noise downstairs and thinks that someone is in the house.
Our bedrooms are on the second story (daughter's room next to ours) so there is no exit for us unless we go down to the ground floor.
Long story, short.... I decided on clearing the house myself with a flashlight and a 1911 in hand. This culminated with me making my way down to my basement/workshop and nearly injuring myself severely. A sudden
loud noise behind me caused me to spin on my heals and immediately click the safety off on my .45 as I prepared to put a double tap into the dark figure hiding under the staircase....
Fortunately I recognized the figure (always be sure of your target - right?) and did NOT pull the trigger. The "intruder" was my 60 gallon vertical air compressor that I was using earlier in the day, and I forgot to turn it off before going upstairs for the night. A slow leak in the air line had caused the compressor to cycle on and off a couple of times during the night, and that is what the wife heard. That may sound funny at first, but when I think about how close I came to puncturing a 60 gal steel tank @ 125 PSI right in front of me......
Even though with our Castle Law (No legal duty to retreat from our homes) I think if there is a next
time (God forbid) that we will either hold our ground at the top of the stairs, or try to make it to the front door after calling the pros to come do the job they get paid to do.
Face to face encounters with unknown advancing
individuals will be handled immediately and without hesitation however. Of this I am SURE.